Indigenous Tejas inducted into Air Force (Relevant for GS Prelims, GS Mains Paper III, Topic: Defence achievements)

First indigenous fighter aircraftThe first two contemporary or fourth generation Light Combat Aircraft ‘Tejas,’ designed and built in India, joined the Indian Air Force’s squadron. The induction marked the fruition of a 33-year, nearly Rs. 8000-crore national dream to have an Indian fighter in the country’s air defence fleet.Tejas has been developed for the IAF and

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New missile shoots down target aircraft (Relevant for GS Prelims, GS Mains Paper III, Topic: Science and Technology)

A new generation Medium-Range Surface-to-Air Missile (MRSAM), developed by India and Israel, was successfully test-fired from the Integrated Test Range off Odisha Coast, significantly boosting India’s efforts to fill gaps in its air defence capabilities. Organisations associated Developed by the Defence Research & Development Organisation (DRDO) and the Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) for the Indian

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ISRO launches 20 satellites (Relevant for GS Prelims, GS Mains Paper III, Topic : Achievements in space)

What has ISRO done?In one go, Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) launched 20 satellites. They include two student satellites from Indian universities and 17 of four foreign countries. A PSLV C-34 rocket lifted from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre, and placed a Cartosat-2 Series satellite about 505 km above the Earth's orbit.  About Cartosat-2 The

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New Chinese system named fastest supercomputer, Sunway TaihuLight (Relevant for GS Prelims)

A new Chinese computer system called Sunway TaihuLight  that can make 93 quadrillions calculations per second (93 Petaflops) has claimed the top spot on the list of the world’s most powerful supercomputers. Sunway TaihuLight has been developed by the National Research Centre of Parallel Computer Engineering and Technology (NRCPC) entirely using processors designed and made

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Another detection by LIGO (Analysed from the Hindu editorial; Relevant for GS Prelims; GS mains Paper III, Topic: Advancement in Science)

What was observed? A little more than three months after detecting gravitational waves from the merger of two massive black holes, the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) detectors also called Laser Interferometer space-antenna (LISA) recorded on December 26, 2015, gravitational waves from the merger of two smaller black holes nearly 1.4 billion years ago. This

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Street view service by Google (Analysed from the Hindu Editorial; Relevant for GS Prelims; GS Mains Paper III, Topic : Internal Security and Science and Technology)

Indian government decision on Google viewIndia’s has recently refused to allow Google to launch its Street View service, which gives users a 360-degree view of public spaces.  The proposal was rejected following objections raised by the Defence Ministry. The decision is said to have come in the backdrop of the terror attack on the Pathankot

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New Civil Aviation Policy (Adapted from Various Newspapers, Relevant for GS Prelims; GS Mains Paper III, Topic: Civil Aviation)

First National Civil Aviation Policy emphasizes on three objectives:1. Allowing new domestic airlines to fly abroad quickly. According to a 2004 norm, which is also known as the ‘5/20 rule’, a domestic airline is allowed to go international only after flying for five years to domestic destinations and operating at least 20 aircraft. New airlines,

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Scientists turn CO2 into rock to combat climate change (Relevant for GS Prelims, GS Mains Paper III; Topic: Climate Change)

What have scientists done to combat climate change? Scientists have turned carbon dioxide into stone in a matter of months by pumping it deep underground, offering a revolutionary new way of storing the greenhouse gas to tackle climate change. The pioneering experiment in Iceland mixed CO emissions with water and pumped it hundreds of metres

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Arctic regions getting greener due to climate change: NASA (analysed from The Huffington Post, relevant for Prelims, GS III, Topic: Environment, Climate Change, Global Warming)

Due to changing climate, Arctic regions of North America are getting greener, with almost a third of the land cover looking more like landscapes found in warmer ecosystems, according to a new NASA study done by Landsat satellite. About Landsat satellite: Landsat is a programme that provides the longest continuous space-based record of Earth’s land

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